This photo is the most accurate photo of China I could take.
This is considered a better photo for some reason.
I thought I was only going to be in China for five weeks, but decided in the middle of week two that I wanted to extend my stay. So now I'm going to be here until early August, which is crazy because it sounds like both a very long time and a very short time. I've been nineteen for a little over a month and so far it's been the best year of my life!
Red pandas are so cute.
Current photo of the trip.
Chengdu is a beautiful city and it feels like home. Being back in Asia feels like home and being in mainland China is such a cool experience. It's very weird to say, but this is my motherland and being part of the majority again is a comforting feeling. It's frustrating sometimes because I don't speak good Chinese, but I can generally make myself understood even if I lose a lot of face whilst doing so. I'm learning more than just the language... I'm learning a new culture, way of life, and appreciation for differences. My school is next to "Tibet Street" and a new favourite snack of mine is "Tibetan Empanadas", which is kind of amusing. It's funny how a place so far away from "home" can feel like "home" within a matter of weeks.
More later, it's time for a nap. Had a pretty rough weekend... we're so adapted to China that an "America-Party" proved a crazy night!